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Does Cuban defector Osvaldo Alonso have U.S. national team future?

Osvaldo Alonso is a three-time MLS All-Star and has established himself as a vital member of the Seattle Sounders.

Only a few hours had passed after President Obama's announcement of an easing of the relationship with Cuba when the first speculation began appearing about the implications for sports.

The discussion primarily centered on baseball and the prospect of hundreds of Cuban players finding their way to MLB, as everything from immediate all-stars to solid backup players. MLB has long had provisional plans in place for such an eventuality, while for their part the Cuban authorities have already set a...

How are the "U.S. Boys" faring in the Bundesliga so far this season?

ESPN FC's Raphael Honigstein reveals how John Brooks is progressing at Hertha Berlin and gives some areas in which he can continue to improve.

With the German winter break almost upon us, it's a good time to look at how the four "U.S. Boys" (as Germans tend to call them) have fared in the Bundesliga. Raphael Honigstein offers the half-season report on John Anthony Brooks, Julian Green, Fabian Johnson and Timothy Chandler.

Anthony John Brooks, Hertha BSC

The past few days sum up the 21-year-old's hot-and-cold campaign perfectly. On Saturday in the 1-0 win over Dortmund, Brooks was the star of the show with an uncompromising, flawless...

Altidore's Sunderland effort is laudable but maybe he should move on

The ESPN FC crew react to Jozy Altidore's shocking miss against West Ham, in a Sunderland career where he's scored only two goals in 69 Premier League appearances.

Two minutes before Sunderland's kickoff Saturday against West Ham, a post appeared on the A Love Supreme message board with the topic, "Today is Jozy Altidore's day," followed by the text, "He will win this for us today. His time has come. Haway Jozy."

Just over 50 minutes later, after Altidore had tied his feet in a knot when presented with a tap-in from three yards out, someone else posted on the same thread:

"Love him, but let's face facts: He's rotten at football."

Moments later, on another...

 By Jason Davis

DaMarcus Beasley retires after distinguished U.S. career of two halves

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden believes DaMarcus Beasley was able to play in four World Cups for the U.S. because of his ability to adapt and reinvent himself in the latter stages of his career.

DaMarcus Beasley announced his retirement from international soccer on Monday, ending a U.S. career that spanned 14 years, from his early days as one of the exciting young attackers emerging from U.S. Soccer's Bradenton, Florida, academy to his final appearance in a friendly against Colombia last month as the team's starting left-back.

In between were appearances in four World Cup tournaments, a distinction only Beasley holds in the annals of American soccer history. He helped the U.S. advance out...

Jermaine Jones erased all questions with terrific first year for Revs

New England midfielder Jermaine Jones believes his side can be MLS Cup champions, while the ESPN FC crew break down Jones' importance since joining in August and Charlie Davies' inspiring story.

CARSON, Calif. -- New England Revolution general manager Mike Burns can only wonder what club owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft would have said had he and coach Jay Heaps implored them to sign Jermaine Jones before the U.S. national team midfielder's breakout World Cup last summer, instead of after.

"I don't know," Burns, standing next to the StubHub Center field the Revs hope to leave as champions after Sunday's MLS Cup final against the L.A. Galaxy (3 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN), told on...

The bitter end to Landon Donovan's United States career

We look back at the full highlight of Landon Donovan's send-off game for the United States.

Editor's note: This story contains explicit language.

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FOUR HOURS BEFORE his final match as a member of the U.S. men's national team, Landon Donovan strolls down a soulless hotel hallway in search of closure. A maid asks if she can clean his room.

"Sure," he says. "I won't be back."

He has taken this walk to the pregame meal 156 times before. But this October evening feels different. It's more than just knowing he'll...